Friday, December 29, 2006

The GLI? We're going to Winnett!

MHNet from The Yost Post posted a link to an article on Hockeysfuture about one of the high-profile members of next year's recruiting class, Ben Winnett. He's having a great season so far, leading his team in both goals and assists.

We haven't heard all that much about him, being that he's from British Columbia and all, so here are Winnett's comments about himself:

"I’m a fast skating and offensive player who likes to shoot the puck but also likes to set up my teammates, and I have a bit of a physical side to me and like to play gritty and finish my checks when I can."

Now here's a less-biased, but still very positive, review from his coach, Ty Davidson:

"He’s a very good player. He’s got, I would say, NHL speed already," Coach Davidson said about Winnett. "He’s got a good hard, quick, shot. He’s a dependable guy defensively; he’s not one of those one-dimensional guys. The other good asset is that he plays with an edge. He’s very feisty, he’s not afraid to go into the corners or to the front of the net. Very competitive, like I said, dynamic is the best way to put it. He has almost European-type speed and skill."

With regard to his studies, the article states that, "he plans on taking general studies for the first two years before moving into the business program". As a Michigan hockey fan, however, I'm obligated to correct the article: He plans on taking general studies for the first two years before going pro a couple weeks before classes start, just after another recruit has decommitted due to a lack of a scholarship for the upcoming season.

We're just a few hours away from the GLI, and according to The Ann Arbor News, we'll have both Jason Dest and Steve Kampfer back for the game. It sounds as if Kolarik is going to be playing with Rohlfs and Naurato. It'll be interesting to see if Naurato can be productive playing with a couple of our better players. Just do what Brett Hull did, Brandon. Just find the open space and be ready to let it rip.

The game tonight is on FSD on tape delay, which means that tonight I will once again attempt the impossible: Watching a tape delayed game without finding out the final score ahead of time. I swear to God if FSD puts the score on the ticker they show during the Pistons game, I will lay someone out.

Lastly, about the Wings win over Columbus last night, I offer up this quote from Mike Babcock:

“(On Wednesday), our goalie (Dominik Hasek) had to do a (heck) of a job; today, our guys had to do a (heck) of a job for the goalie,” Babcock said. “It would have been easy for us to fold, but we stuck with it and got some breaks.”

Anybody want to offer up a guess what changed? Why the guys in front of the goalie had to do a hell of a job last night? Oh yeah, Ozzie was in net. Good thing he's signed for another year.

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